[R] A possible too old question on significant test of correlationmatrix

Dimitris Rizopoulos dimitris.rizopoulos at med.kuleuven.be
Mon Jul 10 09:57:43 CEST 2006

you can use function rcor.test() from package 'ltm', e.g.,

help(rcor.test, package = "ltm")

dat <- data.frame(matrix(rnorm(1000), 100, 10))

rcor.test(dat, method = "kendall")
rcor.test(dat, method = "spearman")

I hope it helps.


Dimitris Rizopoulos
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Catholic University of Leuven

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Guo Wei-Wei" <wwguocn at gmail.com>
To: <r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 7:27 AM
Subject: [R] A possible too old question on significant test of 

> Dear all,
> I'm working on a data.frame named en.data, which has n cases and m 
> columns.
> I generate the correlation matrix of en.data by
>> cor(en.data)
> I find that there is no p-value on each correlation in the 
> correlation
> matrix. I searched in the R-help mail list and found some related
> posts, but I didn't find direct way to solve the problem. Someone 
> said
> to use cor.test() or t.test(). The problem is that cor.test() and
> t.test() can only apply on two vectors, not on a data.frame or a
> matrix.
> My solution is
> for (i in 1:(ncol(en.data) -1)) {
>   cor.test(en.data[,i], en.data[, i+1])
> }
> I think it is a stupid way. Is there a direct way to do so? After 
> all,
> it is a basic function to generate significant level of a 
> correlation
> in a correlation matrix.
> Thank you in advance!
> Wei-Wei
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